FundEX 2017

Thu Aug 17, 08:00 - Thu Aug 17, 16:30
Riversands Incubation Hub


FundEX is the premier funding event designed for entrepreneurs.The one-day conference and exhibition brings together a wide range of funders with the aim of exposing entrepreneurs to the many financing opportunities available - including government, commercial and alternative funding avenues. 

FundEX 2017 will provide practical advice on getting funding ready, introduce you to different funders and facilitate one-on-one meetings with bankers and other funding professionals.

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Attend FundEX 2017 to: 
  • Learn first-hand what funders look for
  • Know why applications are declined
  • Match your funding needs with funders
  • Prepare a funding application
  • Learn from funded entrepreneurs 
  • Knock on the right doors 


The speaking programme features 10 funding experts that will showcase different funding opportunities and give you the opportunity to 'hear from the horse's mouth' what they are looking to fund. Delegates will also hear from successful entrepreneurs who have secured funding for their business growth.
  •  The road to funding: steps to building a fundable business
  •   Innovative funding: How to tap into alternative funding
  •   My success story: showcasing the impact of funding for entrepreneurs
  •  The right doors: Match funding to your business needs
  •  Think like a funder: What informs funders’ decision-making
Confirmed speakers
  • Ran Neu-Ner, Co-Founder and CEO of The Creative Counsel 
  • Zizipho Nyanga, Chief Executive Officer, Masisizane
  • Nirmala Reddy, Senior Manager: Enterprise Development, Nedbank  
  • Nadia Rawjee, Director, Uzenzele Holdings 
  • Gideon Potgieter, Entrepreneur in Residence, Resolution Circle 
  • Vernon de Wet, Head of Business Development, Retail Capital
  • Aisha Pandor, Co-founder, SweepSouth 
  • Peter Frolich, Director, Nesa Investment Holdings 
  • Jan de Kock, Head of Private Sector Origination,ABSA
  • Linda Dotwana, Portfolio Manager, TUHF 
  • Liezl van Staden, Regional Business Development Manager, Finfind 

Backing the SME                                                                                                          
Zizipho Nyanga, Chief Executive Officer, Masisizane                                                           
Established in 2007 by Old Mutual, Masisizane is a non-profit company that provides loan financing, business support and mentorship to high-potential black-owned SMMEs. Nyanga discusses the company’s investment criteria, relevant sectors and insights from almost a decade of investing in small business.

How to become an inner-city property entrepreneur                                                        
Linda Dotwana, TUHF
Property entrepreneurs see opportunities where others don’t. Dotwana explains how TUHF provides access to finance for aspirant property entrepreneurs while redefining South Africa’s inner cities and creating affordable living spaces

Government incentives unpacked
Nadia Rawjee, Director of Strategy and Finance Uzenzele Holdings                                   
Government offers exciting funding avenues for ambitious entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses. Rawjee discusses two newer Department of Trade and Industry incentive schemes that offer funding for black-owned business – the Black Industrialists Programme (BIP) and the Agro-processing Support Scheme.

Digital disruption and your business
Vernon de Wet, Head of Business Development, Retail Capital                                        
The funding landscape is ever changing with the acceleration and adoption of financial technology. Fintech companies are making access to funding much easier for savvy entrepreneurs looking to raise capital. 


Funding 101 - Break-away Workshop 

Marang Marekimane, the Founder of  of Business Process Mechanics will be running a one-hour workshop on the practical steps required to complete a funding application. This offer is available to 100 participants on a first come, first served basis. The workshop gives a 101 perspective on funding: 
  • The different types of funders 
  • What informs funders decisions 
  • How to complete a funding proposal 

Representatives from funding organisations (government, commercial and alternative funders) will be allocated hours in the private funders lounge for one-on-one appointments with entrepreneurs. In 2016, this lounge was oversubscribed with 145 entrepreneurs booking private consultations. This year's Funder's Lounge will be bigger and better with more funders represented. 

We aim to showcase a diverse spectrum of funders and other small business providersto expose entrepreneurs to the funding options available and the requirements of each. 

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Refund policy Refunds allowed (view policy)


FundEX 2017
Riversands Incubation Hub
12-8 Incubation Drive, Riverside View Ext 15, Fourways, Midrand, 2021, South Africa
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